Trailer size limit introduced at skip sites

Ian McIntosh

Council waste bosses are facing a backlash over a 6ft limit on the size of trailers allowed into Angus skip sites.

Officials say they have a “significant impact” on congestion at centres and councillors agreed the maximum size for trailers entering Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Monifieth recycling centres.

Longer trailers will be permitted at the larger Arbroath and Montrose facilities but only allowed one visit per day.

Critics of the size restriction have voiced fears it will lead to a greater rise in fly- tipping and a local businessman said the new limit would leave more than 85% of the customers to whom he has sold domestic trailers unable to use them for recycling waste.

Ian McIntosh of Duncan McIntosh Trailers, Brechin, said: “We sell more than 100 small domestic trailers a year and many people buy them for the exact purpose of taking things like garden rubbish to the skip.

“I have looked back at our figures for the past three years, and under the 6ft rule only 13% would be allowed in — 87% of people would be turned away.”

The new Angus rules are scheduled to come into force at the end of the month when reduced operating hours are also due to start.